No-Trade Clauses

The Cubs and No-Trade Clauses

There was a brief discussion in the comments earlier this week about general manager Jim Hendry's liberal use of the no-trade clause. Reader WISCGRAD did the legwork to see if indeed Hendry hands them out like a lollipop after leaving the doctor's office or if it's line with other ballclubs.


No-trade clauses in player contracts are controversial. On the one hand, they are often necessary to attract or keep high-value free agents. On the other hand, towards the end of player’s career a team may wish to trade a player whose skills have declined, but are unable to do so. No-trade clauses can range from full – where the player must approve any trade during the length of the contract – to limited – where the player has no-trade rights for a specified period of time or to specific teams. Making the issue more complicated, the current collective bargaining agreement between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball automatically grants a player full no-trade rights if he has 10 or more years of major league service time and has been with his current team for 5 or more years. The following table lists all players with no-trade rights for the entire 2009 season. This excludes those players who recently signed as free agents and cannot be traded until June. The information was taken from Cot’s Baseball Contracts, and each player was coded for the type of no-trade that applies to the 2009 season only. As one can see, with only a few exceptions, these are the cream of the crop of major league players (ed note - it's important to remember that the details of no-trade provisions or even their existence are not always made public and the information on Cot's Baseball Contracts should not be considered 100% reliable, but more as a good guide).

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  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 5 hours 5 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 5 hours 5 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 5 hours 13 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 5 hours 59 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 6 hours 3 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 6 hours 15 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 6 hours 54 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 9 hours 55 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 7 min ago view
  • Eh, I read it as tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek. VEB seems to have good heads on their shoulders.

    Brick 11 hours 16 min ago view